Middle schoolers to run school garage sale

Friday, May 17, 2019

Bargain hunters, take note: Aurelia Middle School will be getting rid of years of accumulated property the week after Memorial Day.

After XTREAM Fest, seventh and eighth grade teachers at A-A started looking for new community-based activities in May.

But with the last month of school already packed with activities, the garage sale was going to be a hard sell for Principal Jeannie Henningsen.

Undeterred, they came up with a myriad of skills the project would help develop such as integrity and entrepreneurial spirit—skills that future employers and colleges find attractive early on.

They want to turn the library into a place to read, and the ceramics room into a place where artistic activities actually happen. The library is currently used as a study hall and the other room a place for storage.

The solution? Get rid of it.

The city-wide cleanup earlier this spring got the cleaning started, and students will soon finish up to set up a “garage sale” open to the public at Aurelia Middle School’s basement. Sale days, run entirely by the students, will be May 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and May 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Some items will have minimum prices, though most will be available for free will donations.

Items include: student desk units, file cabinets, library shelves, a paper shredder, industrial arts vice grips, computer carts, books, science tables, chairs, a commercial burner stove, a commercial double sink, a commercial dishwasher, scrap metal, a piano, a mirror, a dishwasher, window blinds, a megaphone, commercial scrubber, glass bulbs, microwave, soda vending machine, music stands and a garbage disposal. Numerous other miscellaneous items available.

Other students have signed up to better the community through service projects such as cleaning up the cemetery and volunteering in retirement homes.

“The kids are doing a lot of good things, and we’re excited about it,” said Henningsen.